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Barisal city polls: Re-election held at 9 polling centres

  • Published at 10:11 pm October 13th, 2018
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People stand in line to vote at the re-election of nine centres of the Barisal City Corporation polls on October 13, 2018 Anisur Rahman Swapan/Dhaka Tribune

Various law enforcement agencies were deployed as strike forces, while members of police, Ansar Battalion, and nine administrative magistrates were deployed at the centres

Re-election at nine polling centres under six wards of Barisal City Corporation was held peacefully on Saturday amid adverse weather.

Various law enforcement agencies, including eight mobile teams and two platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel were deployed as strike forces, while members of police, Ansar Battalion, and nine administrative magistrates were deployed at the centres.

Executive Magistrate Dipak Chandra Roy operated the mobile court.

He said one youth, named Iqbal Hossain, was fined Tk10,000 for illegal entrance at the Barisal City College polling centre in Ward 17.

“We have visited all centres and have not found any irregularities. The presence of voters was satisfactory,” he added.

Around 60% of the total of 16,945 voters in the nine polling centres cast their votes from 8am to 5pm.

Mujibur Rahman, returning officer in Barisal, expressed his satisfaction with the overall situation.

The Barisal city polls were held on July 30 amid allegations of voting irregularities. The Election Commission formed an enquiry committee to probe into the allegations, which submitted a report later to the commission.

The Election Commission then ordered re-election at the nine centres.

The commission has already published gazette notifications for mayoral candidates and 24 general and three reserved female councillors for 24 wards, the returning officer said.